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Hello, my name is Terrance and this is blog details everything I have learnt about recreation and sports in the last year or so. I have always been a bit of a couch potato, but last year when I spent a long weekend with my son-in-law, he got me up from the TV chair and out and about. He owns a boat which is docked in Sydney harbour. We spent a day sailing on the sea and fishing. It was the first time I had done it and I loved it. Since then, I have started to get more involved and I can't wait to see what sport he intorduces me to next!


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Five Things to Do Before Buying a Secondhand Firearm

by Pamela Bennett

Thinking about buying a used gun? Secondhand firearms can be just as high quality as their new counterparts, but before you complete the purchase, you may want to do a few things. Here are some tips to help you.

1. Investigate the Seller's Credentials

To ensure you're working with a quality seller, you may want to check out their credentials. If you are dealing with a shop, read customer reviews or see if the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has any complaints against that company.

If you are buying through an individual, you will need a licensed gun shop to complete and record the sale. However, you may also want to check out the seller's reputation. Most online sales sites collect information about sales and customer satisfaction, and they note that information in the form of a rating for each seller.

2. Research the Gun

You should also spend some time researching the gun itself. Find out what the gun costs when new, and look at other used ads to see how much it sells for used. That helps you figure out if you are getting a good deal or not.

You should also research how the gun holds up in the situations for which you want to use it. For example, if you want to pass the gun onto your children eventually, you need one that's known for lasting a long time.

3. Ask About Use

Ask the seller how the gun was used. For instance, was it generally stored and used occasionally for hunting or target practice? If so, was the storage dry and cool? Was the gun used daily at a shooting range?

Questions like that can help you figure out what the gun has been through so that you know what to expect.

4. Look Over the Gun for Damage

If possible, arrange a meeting where you can see the gun in person before you fully commit to buying it. At that meeting, look over the gun for visible damage. Also, gently shake it—that allows you to hear any loose screws or components. If possible, dry fire the gun so that you can see how the trigger works and if there is any stiffness.  

5. Negotiate the Price

When buying a secondhand gun, you don't necessarily have to pay the advertised price. You can ask the seller to lower the price based on numerous issues. For instance, if the gun has cosmetic issues or visible damage, you can try to negotiate a lower price based on that fact.